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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Rated PG 95 minutes 2011

The beloved 1938 children's book about a house painter who becomes guardian to a dozen penguins has been turned into a standard-issue children's comedy with Jim Carrey. By "standard-issue" I mean that there's a neglectful-dad story line (now Popper is a divorced real estate agent in Manhattan who can't connect with his preteen daughter) and numerous poop and fart jokes (the penguins have this covered). As a child I was captivated by the idea of a fellow flooding and freezing his basement to create a winter wonderland for his frolicking seabirds; director Mark Waters (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) re-creates the scene in Carrey's high-rise apartment, but it was a lot better in my imagination. With Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, and Clark Gregg.

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Director: Mark Waters

Producer: John Davis, Jessica Tuchinsky, Derek Dauchy and John Gotler

Cast: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Madeleine Carroll and Maxwell Cotton


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